Bill Nguyen

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Bill Nguyen (born 1971) is a Vietnamese-American technology entrepreneur.

Life[edit]

Nguyen grew up in Houston, the son of Vietnamese immigrants. He attended Houston Baptist University.[1]

Nguyen headed business development and product management at the ForeFront Group, which was founded in 1992 and had their initial public offering in 1995. He served as vice president of products of FreeLoader which was founded in 1995 and sold in 1996.[2][3]

Nguyen founded Onebox.com in 1999. It was acquired for $850 million in 1999 by Phone.com (later part of Openwave).[1] He sold his stake quickly and started SEVEN Networks, a wireless e-mail firm that claimed 1.4 billion accounts. Nguyen founded Seven Networks in May 2000 and served as its co-chief executive officer until April 2005. In 2002, Nguyen was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[4]

Nguyen then co-founded La La Media Inc. in 2005 in Palo Alto, California. In 2006 Newsweek and Wired described the company as a mix of MySpace, Netflix, Napster and iTunes.[5] [6] The company bought and sold compact discs.[1][7] On December 5, 2009, Lala.com was acquired by Apple Inc. for $80 million.[8] Apple announced that lala.com service was shut down on May 31, 2010. He was on the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders list in 2010.[9]

Nguyen was a co-founder of Color labs, Inc. in 2010 and served as its chief executive officer, but had been away from day-to-day operations since July 2012.[10] A former employee filed a lawsuit in November 2012, including allegations such as Nguyen hiring a private ski instructor by the company.[11] Color Labs was called "the poster-child of silicon valley hype".[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Victoria Murphy Barret (November 10, 2006). "You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet". Forbes. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Flips And Flops: VCs love Bill Nguyen's track record. They usually make money, even if the startups don't last long.". Fast Company. October 19, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bill Nguyen: The Boy in the Bubble". Fast Company. October 19, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2002 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ Brad Stone and Steven Levy (April 2, 2006). "Who's Building the Next Web?". Newsweek. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Apple’s Purchase of Lala Could Signal Cheaper, Streaming iTunes (Updated)
  7. ^ LaLa.com launches-a clever way to monetize your CD collection
  8. ^ Sandoval, Greg. "Is Google preparing to challenge iTunes in the cloud? | Media Maverick - CNET News". News.cnet.com. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  9. ^ "List of Active Young Global Leaders". June 24, 2010. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Colleen Taylor and Ryan Lawler (September 28, 2012). "Color CEO Bill Nguyen Checks Out Of Day-To-Day Operations, While A New Leadership Team Re-Tools". TechCrunch. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Color Labs And Bill Nguyen Sued By Ex-Employee Alleging Retaliation, Emotional Distress". TechCrunch. November 19, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2013.